no meeting planned with jones. today jones, along with a new minister joining his cause, stepped up demands, calling for a meeting and set a deadline. >> as of this time, we have that heard from the imam but we are very, very hopeful that we will meet with him. >> reporter: pastor jones the leader of a christian church with fewer than 50 members in florida, has become the center of a worldwide firestorm. in the past 24 hour, local christian leaders in florida showed joins a petition with 8,000 signatures from 97 countries urging him not to burn the koran. defense secretary robert gates called jones personally. and in a press conference today, president obama once again urged jones to reconsider what he called a dangerous game with american lives. >> the idea that we would burn the sacred texts of someone else's religion is dreer what this country stands for.